GROUP GATHERS FRIENDS TO BOOST MJC PROGRAM
Piano, guitar and vocal groups are represented in the 2008-09 Modesto Junior College Friends of Music concert series. Friends of Music raises money for the music department and student scholarships. The lineup:
William Kanengiser, guitarist from the LA Guitar Quartet — 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto
MJC music faculty — 3 p.m. Nov. 2, MJC Music Recital Hall, 435 College Ave.
John Kamitsuka, piano — 3 p.m. April 19. Master class 1-3 p.m. April 18. MJC Music Recital Hall.
Chanticleer, an orchestra of voices — 5 p.m. May 17. Master class 11 a.m. May 18. MJC auditorium, 435 College Ave.
Docs Play the Pops — 3 p.m. June 7. MJC Music Recital Hall, 435 College Ave.
For ticket prices and other information, call Cherrie Llewellyn at 575-6262.
SIERRA REP'S '09 SEASON
Sierra Repertory Theatre has announced a 2009 season of new musicals, timeless classics and fresh favorites. Season ticket packages go on sale Sept. 1 and run from $115 to $230; 532-3120 or www.sierrarep.org. The lineup:
"Fiddler on the Roof" — Feb. 7-April 5. Musical masterpiece about a poor Jewish dairyman raising five daughters in a tiny Russian village who is struggling to maintain traditional values while coping with a changing world. East Sonora theater, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora.
"Dracula" — March 27-April 19. A revival of Sierra Repertory Theatre's first production. With swirling cape and glistening fangs, this play transports audiences back to 19th century England. Fallon House Theatre, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia.
"Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrew Sisters" — May 22-June 21. California premiere about the big band trio. LaVerne, Maxene and Patty had more top 10 hits than either Elvis or the Beatles. Fallon House.
"Around the World in 80 Days" — April 24-May 24. Fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant race to circle the globe and beat the clock. East Sonora.
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" — June 26-Aug. 16. Back by popular demand. Featuring Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller songs like "Hound Dog," "On Broadway," "Fools Fall in Love," "Love Potion No. 9" and more. East Sonora.
"Damn Yankees" — July 17-Sept. 6, 2009. A musical comedy about a middle-aged man who sells his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his baseball team to victory. Fallon House.
"Bus Stop" — Sept. 4-27, 2009. American master William Inge's tenderhearted tale of love and loneliness. East Sonora.
"No Sex Please, We're British" — Oct. 2-25, 2009. All the fast-paced frenzy of a full-out farce. When newlywed Frances sends off for Scandinavian glassware, what arrives are Scandinavian "naughty pictures." Suddenly they're deluged with sexy stuff: photographs, books, films and eventually girls. Fallon House.
"Little Women: The Musical" — Oct. 30-Dec. 13, 2009. Story of March sisters Meg, Beth, Amy and Jo with music, dancing and heart. East Sonora.
"Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash" — Nov. 13-Dec. 20, 2009. Celebrate the holidays with 40 swingin' Sinatra hits. Fallon House.
The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy is displaying the art exhibition "Salute to Surrealism" from Sept. 6-Oct. 18. A reception and talk with curator James Cloer is 1-3 p.m. Sept. 27. The show features the work of four critically acclaimed contemporary artists: Julia d'Arcy, Ed Gafford, Nils Krueger and Asa Mathat, plus the work of masters Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Surrealist art was part of a cultural movement that began in Europe in the 1920s to combine images and ideas in such a way to create surprise, wonder and investigation. The Center is at 715 Central Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 831-6278 or www.atthegrand.org.